Behind the scenes
The Irish Poker Open produced greater than its fair proportion of tales this yr, however none extra highly effective and life-affirming than that of “Canadian Ben,” who had gone lacking, and the way he returned dwelling safely with the assistance of event director JP McCann.
to make sure that considered one of his gamers was positioned and helped to get again to Toronto
Whereas McCann was having his popularity questioned on social media in relation to his dealing with of an unsavory incident in one of many competition’s final facet occasions, behind the scenes he was going above and past the decision of obligation to make sure that considered one of his gamers was positioned and helped to get again to Toronto.
McCann issued a press release on Saturday night time, acknowledging that travelling participant Louise Francoeur had been mistreated by one other participant at her desk and that his authentic choice to not eject the participant from the event was a mistake. He apologized to Francoeur and insisted that this incident will encourage him to enhance requirements additional at his occasions.
Participant who slapped Francoeur disqualified
Canadian participant Francoeur is an everyday on the dwell circuit with outcomes stretching again to 2006. She was, like many, excited to be taking part in the Irish Poker Open this yr, however her expertise turned bitter on the final night time when based on her, a Dutch participant seated subsequent to her slapped her on the leg. Her Fb put up concerning the incident was deleted, however not earlier than it was additionally posted to Twitter:
“In the midst of a hand, the participant to my proper (who had been chatting away earlier than this) out of nowhere slaps my thigh HARD! Vendor says ‘examine,’ then the hand checks round and the final participant opens playing cards… The participant who slapped me slaps me once more even more durable and yells that he by no means checked and blames me for chatting with supplier and was slapping me to close me up!”
The floorperson was referred to as to make a ruling on whether or not the participant had checked and after they left, the participant continued to berate Francoeur who instructed him “I’m finished!” to which he replied “F*ck you!” The floorperson got here again, ordering him to cease and threatening to take away him from the event.
In response to Francoeur, “as flooring leaves, the participant turned to me, fully rising over me as we play final hand earlier than break, very near my face, and yelled ‘are you content now! You need me kicked out, don’t you?’… At this level, two gents on the desk stood up for break and instructed him to cease attempting to bully me… and [they] spoke to the ground in my protection… As participant storms away, they rack his chips and inform me he’s being faraway from tourney.”
Ruling to disqualify participant overturned
Francoeur’s desk broke, so she moved to her new desk, solely to find that the person in query had not been eliminated and was nonetheless taking part in the event. She referred to as for the ground individual once more, who defined that the choice to expel him had been overruled by event organizer McCann.
Francoeur defined that she was “furious and insulted,” including: “JP McCann lastly comes to speak to me and justifies his choice of conserving participant in by saying the supplier shouldn’t have been speaking [to me] in first place, and he made the preliminary mistake that brought about spiraling impact, and that the participant was simply tilted like gamers do and that was no cause to terminate him from event. He stated that the participant even acknowledged hitting me and behaving badly, and apologized to HIM for the dangerous conduct, so he was simply given one other warning and [a new] desk.”
shepherded the Irish Poker Open model from a low level in 2015 to the large area occasion it’s right now
Within the days that adopted, McCann was castigated and maligned on social media with some questioning his integrity. McCann is a 20-year veteran of the poker business who has educated sellers and constructed a number of the greatest dwell occasions groups within the enterprise. He has overseen large festivals and has shepherded the Irish Poker Open model from a low level in 2015 to the large area occasion it’s right now.
McCann was criticized for his dealing with of the incident, however he insisted that there was a mischaracterization of occasions as “neither the ruling which was made on the desk nor the incident which adopted concerned any act of violence or bodily hurt.”
McCann maintained that, based on what he had been instructed, Francoeur and the supplier have been chatting the entire method by the hand and the participant in query tapped her leg below the desk, prompting her to appreciate that he was in an enormous pot and to take the trace that he wished silence in order that he might focus.
there was by no means a difficulty of bodily violence towards her delivered to my consideration”
When the participant’s actions have been construed as a examine, the ground was referred to as to arbitrate on that and never the truth that Francoeur’s leg had been touched. McCann stated: “Once I spoke to Louise later there was no point out of her being hit or slapped! I confirmed her what I used to be instructed occurred and he or she stated: ‘it was a bit more durable than that.’ There was by no means a difficulty of bodily violence towards her delivered to my consideration from anybody together with Louise once I spoke to her.”
Whether or not or not there was any intent to be violent in direction of Francoeur, it’s nonetheless unacceptable to have your private house infringed upon in that method. In an trade on Twitter, Francoeur stated that her “it was a bit more durable than that” response to McCann was supposed sarcastically. She additionally said: “The choice had already been made about [the] participant staying with out anybody ever speaking to me. So when [McCann] did come discuss to me (as a result of I requested flooring to speak to [him]), I used to be simply very deflated, I want all was on digital camera.”
Irish Open points a press release
The dearth of a digital camera setup within the RDS venue was problematic, because it has meant that some “he stated/she stated” or certainly “he stated/he stated” conditions that occurred over the lengthy weekend don’t have any goal perspective with which to seek the advice of. In any case, McCann in the end launched a press release on Saturday night time, acknowledging the shortcomings in how this incident was dealt with:
Francoeur instantly responded, saying: “Thanks for this. And thanks and Paul for reaching out to me personally previous to this launch. That is all I wished. It takes quite a lot of braveness to confess a mistake and implement modifications because of this.” Drawing a transparent line below the incident, she continued: “It was by no means my intention to place in query the Irish Poker Open’s nice popularity and JP McCann’s integrity.”
Previous to the discharge of this assertion, all sides of the incident had been hotly debated on social media. Some questioned if Francoeur deleting her authentic put up was tantamount to her recanting. Nevertheless, many of the consideration was on McCann and the shortage of an official response.
Poker Information Each day printed an article entitled “Alleged Bodily Altercation and Lack of Response from Employees Mar 2023 Irish Poker Open” wherein the writer claimed that private and non-private requests to McCann have been “met with silence.” Properly, subsequent particulars have provided a wonderful cause for that silence, because it turned out that McCann was preoccupied with a really severe matter.
Motive for silence
Posting on Fb, Raph Raph instructed the compelling story of a younger man named Ben who had ventured to the Irish Open from Canada. His intention was to return dwelling on Monday, however owing to a medical situation, he by no means made it again.
On Tuesday morning, McCann led a seek for Ben and found his backpack containing his ID, bank cards, €2,000 (US$2,194), and $500 Canadian (US$374). Ben was lacking and the police have been already concerned. McCann and his fellow Irish Open organizer Paul O’Reilly continued their search efforts and on Tuesday night, McCann contacted Raph to say he had simply tracked down Ben.
“….he was in a position to find Ben by his Airbnb host who stated he was wandering round exterior and that he wouldn’t let him keep there and that he might have medical assist. JP rushed over to his location, gave Ben a journey to a resort, checked him in and contacted his mom who was relieved to know the place her son was. He even bought a a technique flight again to Toronto leaving the next day in addition to staying with him till the early morning,” wrote Raph Raph.
Fortunately McCann and O’Reilly tracked him down once more.
Sadly, the following day, Ben left the resort and was nowhere to be discovered. McCann and O’Reilly went trying to find him as soon as once more. They acquired a name that Ben had been noticed on the RDS and was strolling to Dublin’s metropolis heart. Fortunately McCann and O’Reilly tracked him down once more. McCann supposed to convey Ben dwelling with him, however Raph satisfied him to as a substitute keep in an airport resort.
“So off they went, checked him in once more, and received him one other airplane ticket. JP spoke with Ben’s mom and slept on the resort with him, making certain that Ben was delivered to his flight at 10:00am Saturday morning. Thank God! I’ve recognized many individuals in my lifetime however not many who would go to those lengths to assist a stranger. Evidently, it took a while to get a correct assertion out relating to Louise’s incident, however everybody must know what these males have been coping with.”
Response to the story
Actually tons of of individuals took to social media to love, share or touch upon this excellent news story. Ciaran McGivern testified to the way it was very in character for McCann to deal with his susceptible gamers:
Others celebrated the secure homecoming on Fb. Irish poker legend Annette O’Carroll stated: “nicely finished JP and Paul. A mom’s blessings on you each!” whereas veteran Irish participant Oliver Boyce stated: “Actually, this doesn’t shock me. I’ve performed his occasions and recognized JP since he began about 18 years in the past… I’ve seen him look out for folks and at all times attempt to be truthful, affordable and respectful. Honest play JP and you’re a credit score to Irish Poker.”
One other poster bemoaned: “it’s a pity a narrative like this received’t get the identical air-time as different incidents on the Irish Open,” and I can definitely sympathize with that sentiment. A cursory look at my very own article’s statistics present that damaging tales get extra clicks than constructive ones. Precisely 73 of my final 100 articles have been constructive tales, however it’s the damaging or vital ones that received way more consideration.
The social media algorithms amplify the articles getting clicks, prioritizing them on folks’s feeds. The extra those who click on, the extra probably it’s that one other individual will get really helpful the piece. Hopefully this will probably be an instance of a constructive information story that will get the suitable airtime. Given the extraordinary efforts gone to by McCann and O’Reilly, it definitely deserves to.